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Andy Ballantyne

A native of Toronto, Canada, Andy Ballantyne began learning music in the Toronto public school system, studying clarinet and saxophone. He soon developed an interest in jazz and studied privately with Woody Herman alumnus Steve Lederer. Later teachers included Pat Labarbara, Alex Dean and Mike Murley. Exposure to recordings of the Stan Kenton Band, Nimmons and Nine Plus Six, and especially Rob McConnell’s Boss Brass fueled an early interest in composition and arranging. Andy went on to study arranging, orchestration and composition with Ron Collier at Humber College and Phil Nimmons at the University of Toronto. Andy gained his first professional experience at Expo’86 in Vancouver playing daily for five months with the Humber College big band under the direction of Ron Collier, and went on to play in the Ron Collier Jazz Orchestra up until the time of Ron’s death in 2003. Over the past 20 years, Andy has established himself on the Toronto scene as a versatile performer on both tenor and alto saxophones, as well as a skilled woodwind doubler, arranger, composer and jazz educator

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Gordian Knot

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Label: G-B Records
Released: 2019
Duration: 4:57

Play On Words

Label: G-B Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Gordian Knot; Ishtar Fan; Round Shot; All Stops to Oshawa; In Vino Veritas; Mr. P.L.; Not With a Wimp But a Banker; Unfit to be Prez; Till the Clouds Roll By; Keep it Stupid;

ARTICLE: RADIO

Rantzer, Ballantyne, Millaci, Tonbruket and More

Read "Rantzer, Ballantyne, Millaci, Tonbruket and More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

At the heart of this week's show are albums by Tito Mangialajo Rantzer and Andy Ballantyne both of which include dedications to famous jazz musicians. Amongst other material there is also new music from Giuseppe Millaci & Vogue Trio and Tonbruket. Playlist Tito Mangialajo Rantzer “After Sam" from Dedications (Solista Records) 00:00 Andy ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

John Macleod: The Toronto Sound

Read "The Toronto Sound" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Yes, this is Canada's John MacLeod and the Rex Hotel Orchestra. And yes, this is the ensemble's third CD, The Toronto Sound. But close your eyes and listen carefully and it modulates into no less than an earnest albeit clandestine homage to Rob McConnell and the peerless Boss Brass. Is that a good thing? Beyond any ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Susie Arioli: Spring

Read "Spring" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Canadian Jazz singer from Montreal and multiple Juno-Award nominee Susie Arioli, presents another spectacular rhythm-based recording on Spring, a spectacular blues and soul-influenced vocal project combining four fresh originals with a selection of vibrant standards for a very spicy and rousing good time. Under the direction of multi-instrumentalist/arranger and multiple Juno-Award winner Don Thompson, Arioli fronts ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

John MacLeod & His Rex Hotel Orchestra / Tim Davies Big Band / New England Jazz Ensemble

Read "John MacLeod & His Rex Hotel Orchestra / Tim Davies Big Band / New England Jazz Ensemble" reviewed by Jack Bowers

John MacLeod & His Rex Hotel OrchestraOur First SetSelf Published2010 Those who mourn the passing of the great trombonists Rob McConnell and Dave McMurdo and, with them, two of the most renowned big bands Canada has ever produced, should take substantial comfort from this superlative debut recording ...

Rick Holland–Evan Dobbins Little Big Band / Empire Jazz Orchestra / Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra

Read "Rick Holland–Evan Dobbins Little Big Band / Empire Jazz Orchestra / Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The Rick Holland--Evan Dobbins Little Big BandTrilbyRPO Productions2010 Five years after a sensational opening act (In Time's Shadow, 2006), trumpeter Rick Holland and trombonist Evan Dobbins have returned for an encore, Trilby, marshaling as before their irrepressible Little Big Band. As was noted of that earlier recording, ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

DIVA Jazz Orchestra / Paul Read Orchestra / Andy Farber and His Orchestra

Read "DIVA Jazz Orchestra / Paul Read Orchestra / Andy Farber and His Orchestra" reviewed by Jack Bowers

DIVA Jazz OrchestraJohnny Mandel: The Man and His MusicArbors Jazz2010 Note to NARAS members: please do not cast your vote for Best Big Band Album of 2011 without first having listened to Johnny Mandel: The Man and His Music, recorded in concert at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in Manhattan ...


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